Councillor cuts proposed

PUBLISHED: 12:00 12 September 2013

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NORTH Somerset residents can have their say on draft proposals for new council wards across the district.

The Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) is currently carrying out a review of electoral wards across North Somerset in the hope of ensuring each councillor represents a similar number of voters.

In April, the commission said it was recommending the number of North Somerset councillors on the unitary authority be reduced from 61 to 51.

Now, following an analysis of ward boundaries it has reduced this to 50.

Its recommendations, revealed yesterday (Tues), also show how those councillors will represent 20 single-member and 15 two-member wards across the district.

The changes will mean some wards could be given new names and some could see more or less representatives than the current arrangements.

Over the next 10 weeks a consultation on the latest proposals from the LGBCE will be carried out. The commission plans to announce its final proposals in February, ahead of local elections in 2015.

Commission chairman Max Caller CBE said: “Our review aims to deliver electoral equality for local voters. This means that each councillor represents a similar number of people so that everyone’s vote in council elections is worth roughly the same regardless of where you live.”

To see the proposals in full visit the webpage at consultation.lgbce.org.uk

Feedback can be emailed to reviews@lgbce.org.uk or sent to The Review Officer (North Somerset), LGBCE, Layden House, 76-86 Turnmill Street, London, EC1M 5LG.

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